Individual Report: X08 Winston CUNNINGHAM

Canadian Dental Corps


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Captain Winston Ross
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Souris MB Manitoba 1911-01-14
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Officer Commanding Brigade Headquarters

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.

The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.

All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.

Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.

On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.


Battle Information

We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).

Wounded Information

Date Wounded Wound Description References
UnknownN/A

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 2643 Aug 19
HK-AS-02Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3343 Aug 19 44 May 11
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3344 May 1145 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2000-02-02Post WarNAC, RG24, Vol.12752
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
London Ontario CanadaForest Lawn ColumbariumYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

WINSTON ROSS CUNNINGHAM Winston Ross Cunningham, D.D.S., aged 89, passed away suddenly at St. Josephs Health Centre, London, on Wednesday, February 2, 2000. Dearly beloved husband of Ruth. Loving father of Barbara Drew. Adored grandfather of Lisa Drew and her husband Stuart Brown and Jennifer Drew. Loving great-grandfather of Spencer Drew-Brown. Survived by his sister Dorothy Chase and his brother Aubrey Cunningham, both of Winnipeg; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters, Meriel Turner and Margaret Shone. A graduate of U of T Dental Faculty, a life member of the Canadian Dental Association, member of Vimy Legion and Hong Kong Veterans Association of Canada. Dr. Cunningham served in the Royal Canadian Dental Corps and was director of Dental Services for the London Board of Education. He was a winter visitor to Clearwater, Florida for 20 years. A memorial service will be held at the Logan Chapel of Furtney Funeral Homes, 371 Dundas St., London, on Saturday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. Entombment Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the Canadian Dental Education Fund or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2000

Links and Other Resources

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Related documentation for information published in this report, such as birth information, discharge papers, press clippings and census documents may be available via shared resources in our HKVCA Vault. It is organized with folders named using regimental numbers. Use the first letter of the individual's service number to choose the correct folder, then scroll to the specific sub-folder displaying the service number of your interest.

General Comments

This veteran was interviewed by Veterans Affairs. To view, visit the VAC Video Gallery page and use the search tool. Note: VAC moves pages around constantly, so you may have to work to find the video. Currently the best way to access the Hong Kong veteran interviews is to select the "Heroes Remember" category, then use the advanced search option and click on the "Hong Kong" campaign option.



End of Report.

Report generated: 27 May 2024.


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Additional Notes

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  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. 'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
  3. Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-00-00. In general, this indicates that we know the year but not the month or day.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) are designed to give you a starting point for your research. There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell Center for Research site.
  5. In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
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